Baby Steps to a Better Life

“Baby steps get on the bus, baby steps down the aisle, baby steps …”

— Bill Murray as Bob Wiley in “What About Bob?”

If you suffer from work paralysis, your problem might be that you don’t know how to take “baby steps”. Just like you can’t eat an entire Thanksgiving dinner in one bite, or weed your yard with a single “pull” … you also can’t get to where you want to be in a single moment.

In “Getting More” the author, Stuart Diamond writes …

An analogy: If you are a .280 hitter in baseball, and you get one extra hit every nine games, you become a .310 hitter in baseball. And that is worth a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and $10 million more a year in compensation. All for one extra hit every thirty-six times at bat. I’m not trying to hit home runs in negotiations. I’m trying to get one extra hit every nine games. It’s a good lesson for negotiation, and a good lesson for life. A few incremental improvements and you will be fabulously more successful.

Incremental success is not only more reliable, it’s more doable and more done. Trying to make $10 million off your first website is an exercise in futility and is actually counter-productive. You first need to “learn the ropes” through small success … base hits … and then move on to more difficult and challenging opportunities.

Just the act of trying dramatically increases your chances that something good will happen. This is true for a number of reasons:

First, not many people take that simple step … and so the competition is actually quite low.

Also, that initial move toward your goals has great power and will create a momentum. Baby step your way to your goals and you will reach them with astonishing speed.

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The ideas in this post were generated from a reading of the excellent book “Getting More” by Stuart Diamond. I have created “tools” and helps for this book for you for free … just click below to learn how to download them.

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